Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Same old, same old for Hamels, Eagles

Some things don't change.

Cole Hamels still has no luck.

The Eagles roster looks remarkably like the one that compiled that less-than-sterling 4-12 mark last year.

Hamels went seven strong innings last night vs the Nationals, but his luck remained about the same as it's been for most of this sorry Phillies season. Despite throwing just 87 pitches, he got lifted by manager Ryne Sandberg after 7 innings while the game was deadlocked at 1-1, so he didn't get a decision.

Hamels gave up just two hits and struck out 7. It wasn't until the eighth that the Phils rallied for two runs for the win.

You can make the argument that Hamels sort of set the tone for this team when he struggled at the start of the season. But if you take away his first two lousy starts, and his ERA for the season is 3.05. Not shbbby.

In the meantime, across the street, Chip Kelly continues to mine the bilge of the NFL waiver wire to set his final roster for the Eagles. I'm willing to give Kelly a lot of slack here, but I have to admit there was one transaction yesterday that caused me to raise an eyebrow.

Kelly discarded linebacker Emanuel Acho, while signing Najee Goode, who was waived by the Buccaneers. Acho looked like one of the better players on the field in the Birds' final exhibition game against the Jets.

Even more surprising is the fact that while Acho was given his walking papers, Casey Matthews found a spot on the final roster. Maybe Kelly sees something I don't. Or maybe he sees another former player of his, after all, Matthews did play for him at Oregon.

But he has yet to show me anything since arriving in Philly a couple of years ago.

As I said, I'm willing to give Kelly a lot of slack. At least until halftime Monday when they open against the Redskins.

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